Skip to comments.Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July
Posted on 04/20/2012 4:07:18 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer.
Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world. In a highly unusual response, the FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users. But that system is to be shut down.
The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website run by its security partner, http://www.dcwg.org , that will inform them whether they're infected and explain how to fix the problem. After July 9, infected users won't be able to connect to the Internet.
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I haven't found anything else yet on the net about it, other than essentially the same article in the Kansas City newspaper
'You can't stop the signal, Mal.'
I have a gut feeling this is a hoax. The first result I found says this should have happened in March.
Generally if you see the same story repeated with different dates, it is probably a hoax that just won’t die.
“The FBI is encouraging users to visit a website”
-since when, and how does the FBI “encourage” this? Sounds like a load, treat it like a load until such time.
Who knows. I checked mine and it’s OK unless, like you stated, the FBI site loaded some malware for me. :)
I did a search here, and on Yahoo before I posted it, couldn’t find anything with the keywords anywhere, except a duplicate article in the Kansas City Star, also posted today.
The thing is, I got this from an old Army Buddy who is a bigwig with the GSA in charge of their computer systems for an entire region.
Take that with a grain of salt. I'm just a cook, these days.
Sorry. It seems to end near San Antonio, Texas.
Hmm, interesting... Now that you mention it, I remember that I DID have an apparent DNS hijack on my computer in late Feb., had a heck of a time cleaning it.
I got a pop-up warning me that my computer was infected, and since I couldn’t seem to make the pop-up go away I just downloaded whatever it wanted me to download and now my computer is no longer infected, I guess. It is really slow, though.
So, are you calling me a liar, or what?
So, are you calling me a liar, or what?
“FBI set up a safety net months ago using government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for those infected users”
I’m agreeing with you. They were looking for something...and quit..or have found it or about it..
Laz, this might interest you.
Oh, Sorry I misunderstood.
If you clicked on the link, yes.
Downside is that now you will get emails advising how to enhance your bust.
Sorry for your loss. ;)
Heh, took me a moment on that one, Hugh... with your tagline. Me too.
Did you forget a sarcasm tag, or did you really fall for the scam?
If you send me $5000 for my Nigerian cousin’s surgery, I can get you to the right website.
I also have a bridge and some ocean view property in Arizona for sale if anyone’s interested.
The IP 184.108.40.206 falls in a block (220.127.116.11/16) that belongs to Rackspace Hosting, which is headquartered in San Antonio. They also operate data centers in Dallas, Chicago, Virginia, Hong Kong, and the UK.
The domain belongs to a Barry Greene, of Cupertino.
Oh yeah I’m going to an FBI website for help....
LOL.. Sometimes you (hopefully) don't need a sarcasm tag.
He didn’t put the /sarc tag....
Did you follow the senki.org rabbit trail?
We are from the govmint and we are here to help
Only in this scenario you come to them...
Trust Us, we’re from the government.
No, the virus wasn’t supposed to hit on March 8th, the FBI help computers were going to shut down. A judge ordered them to remain open for another 4 months.
Here’s the story. It’s not a hoax. Search for “dns changer” and you will find all kinds of info.
You can also go the various computer mags and find info. Here’s PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/search_redirect/?qry=dns+changer&searchSection=0&site=3
Of course, if you want to believe this is a scheme for big brother, big sister, and the commies to take over your computer, feel free.
Yeh, I may have watched it once or 18 times.
"We're gonna head west. There's a rumor goin' around there might be some Internet out there. So we're headed out Californee Way."
I mean, I may just be a cook, but I'm not dumb enough to allow netconfig to run.
Here is an instant check:
If you see green, you are good. Red background, not so good.
if a site doesn’t end with .gov,’it’s not likely the FBI is making any such suggestion. Wouldn’t go there for love nor money.
Apparently they did manage to do it on millions of computers worldwide.
Isn't that an order of magnitude or something?
Or, as we used to call it "Down in the noise".
A couple of months ago I realized that my searches were being guided by some sort of malware. I kept ending up at sites when I was actually looking for some things that I was familiar with.
No matter what the Google or Bing would not find what I wanted.
Back on desk top, I hit programs; accessories; system tools, Internet explorer (no add ons) and then my searches began to work properly.
Perhaps this elementary and everyone else knows this stuff. I did not. I do now. Mostly using IPAD for searching these days. I.E. is seriously not supported by MS as near as I can discern.
I went on the FBI site and searched for this story or press release--nothing.
So much for the news outlets checking their sources. Very bizarre.
But I just did, and it leads to http://www.senki.org/about-2/barrys-bio/.
Or this post itself is a major fraud.
Has anyone actually tried to go to that site? I smell a rat.
My NeoTrace pops out:
But what do I know; I'm just a janitor near Philly. :^)
Now let's wait for Dec. 12, 2012.
I’m hoping that one is real.
Humanity has become too vile and stupid to live any longer.
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